Information Technology and the Sea


Commercial fishing vessel named South Bay, Morro Bay, CA

Image sourced from here 25/03/2016

My Background

Let me start this off by telling you a bit about my history in regards to the sea, I come from a fishing background. Both my grandfathers were fishermen, my father was a fisherman, so naturally I became a fisherman. I was 17 years old straight out of school with no qualifications and I was not able to pursue my dream of joining the army or the police as I’m deaf in one ear. My family at that point owned a business name Donker Marine, a fishing company with two deep sea trawlers, I got a job on a vessel named the Recovery II.

At the same time, our family also owned a business named Motueka Nets, which is based in Port Nelson, Motueka Nets make and repair fishing trawls (nets) amongst other small projects, like safety nets for builders, supplying ropes, twines and netting to the general public and servicing the salmon nets located around the country.

When I was about 19 years old, I left the deep sea fishing industry and got a position at Motueka nets, I no longer work there as I’m currently studying for a Diploma in Information Technology, but I will always have an interest in the trawl industry because of the family business.

Information Technology in the Trawl Industry

In the trawl industry, information technology plays a huge role! The main piece of information technology that benefits the trawl industry is the software that has been developed to design the many different types of fishing trawls. In fact, the fishing industry in a whole would be a hell of a lot different nowadays without the evolution of information systems.

Theses information systems provide all the necessary information required by a large range of people specialising in different fields of work, these people include captains, fisheries business owners, Ministry of Fisheries officials and other government agencies.

The information attained from information systems in the fishing industry helps govern New Zealand’s eco system and lowers the risk of species becoming depleted. The information gained helps develop the quota system, which is a system that states how much fish a company can catch and what species its allowed to catch.

Examples of Information Systems on the fisheries industry

There are many, many different types of information systems in the fisheries industry ranging from systems for vessel management, Quota management, Trawl management, species management, seabed mapping, trawl design and trawl monitoring systems just to name a few.

Here are some examples of those information systems with the links to their websites.

  • Software such as Trawl Vision PRO available from which is used to design fishing trawls.
  • Notus Electronics is a world leader in net monitoring systems and offers products and services that are unmatched in the industry. Here’s a link to their website
  • Ocean Mapping software available from such businesses as Seabed Mapping International


Innovation in Information Systems for the Sea

As I said earlier, I will always have an interest in the fisheries industry because of the family business, Motueka Nets, and now that I’m going down the path of an Information technology professional, who knows what’s in store form me in the future, in particular when you combine both of those interests, there’s opportunity to maybe develop my own information system for the trawl industry or even the fisheries industry.

When our tutor gave us students the task of writing a blog about an area of IT and reflect on possible innovative ideas, or innovative ideas we are passionate about that are already in motion, I naturally thought of the fishing industry!

I currently don’t have an innovative idea for an information system myself in the fisheries industry, however I came across this not long ago and I personally think that it’s a winner.

This innovative product is called Dredgemaster.


Dredgemaster is the world’s first real time monitoring system for scallop dredges. Dredgemaster is a brand new product developed by Notus Electronics, and I believe it will revolutionise the way commercial dredging is performed.

DREDGEMASTER: The World First Wireless Monitoring System for Scallop Dredges
Notus Electronic Ltd. (Notus) has been supplying wireless sensors to the commercial fishing industry for 22 years. Notus has just released the Dredgemaster, a wireless sensor system for monitoring the warp length, pith angle and roll angle of a scallop dredge. The system was developed by working with scallop vessels in the US where increases of 22% were seen in catch rates.

The Dredgemaster consists of shipboard equipment (command unit and transducer) that communicate wirelessly to sensors mounted on the dredge.

(News extract retrieved from on 25/03/2016)

Dredgemaster system

Both images sourced from Notus Electronics

Dredgemaster System in play with the vessel

A link to the Drendemaster System website can be found here.

The reason I believe this system is the next big thing in scallop dredging is because leading up to this point of time, fishing vessels have been essentially dredging blind. Of course they know where the scallop bed is, but now with this system, it opens up so many capabilities that enables the vessel to really ‘see’ what their dredge is doing.

I also don’t believe there are any justifiable obstacles with the Dredgemaster, the only obstacle it may have in my opinion would be cost, generally these types of technology are very expensive but with the fishing industry, you have to spend money to make money and the share amount of time you would save with this product would save you thousands.

As far as my own personal views go with this product, I’m very passionate about the fishing industry as a whole, and any technology that makes the job more efficient is a winner in my books.


My first go at hacking!

Picture retrieved from here 22/02/2016

CSA501, 13;00 pm, Monday 14th, I walk into class expecting the normal, dismantle this, assemble that,  then Neil our tutor informs us we will all be troubleshooting potentially broken PC desktops and running diagnosis programmes on them, Little did I know that in half an hour I would have a crack at hacking my first computer….sweet!!

We are all put in groups of two and told what to do, first step was to create a basic list of questions for a customer when receiving a desktop to fix/update/diagnose. Corbin and myself have been given the task of unlocking a desktop. Our client Neil has dropped us off us his desktop computer because his crazy ex-wife put a password he is unable to get past on it when she left him, poor Neil!

First Task

First task was to fill out the basic form Corbin and I had completed for ‘our’ fictional business name Machine Head PC Repairs and Custom Builds.


Machine Head

PC Repairs and Custom builds



Customer Detail

Name: Neil

Address: 454 West Willow


City: Nelson

Phone Numbers: 021 585271

Email Address:

Do you wish to receive Machine Heads Promotional Emails: Yes 

Make and Model: Old and Crap

Password Protected: No, Want a new password.

Purchase Date: 1953

Warranty Details: no

Serial Number: 124673846

Data Backup required: Yes

Personal/Business Machine: personal

Previous Repairs: Yes, Upgrade hard drive from 1 GB to ??  


Fault Description: None aware of

Activity at time of Fault/crash: No

Accessories Taken: Desktop

Preferred Payment Method: Cash


Second task

Corbin and myself had not done this before, so the first thing we did was google instructions on how to reset the log-in password for Windows 7, we came across this website and simply followed the instructions.

Here is a snapshot of those instructions we followed:

Windows Hack

Windows Hack 2

These instructions were retrieved from: on 22/03/2016


Corbin and myself had no issues with these instructions other than the keyboard we were using, a lot and I mean a lot of keys were missing and the ones that were there were not all responsive, so we simply plugged in another keyboard to use instead.

Overall it was a fun day in class and I learned something fun and simple, cant wait to have a crack at hacking NASA!….Might be a bit harder I think.







ITC501 Business Systems

Document Type



Business terminology

Business terminology


Document Flow

Document Flow



IRD Documents

IR320 Smart Business

IR1010 Business Support in NZ

IR1022 Online Trading



The importance of IT professionals understanding business terminology and document flow is essential! The majority of work an IT professional completes is done hand and hand with a business, whether it be upgrading hardware or software, designing new software and systems, or simply fixing computers and hardware (technicians), it is very important to know and understand how a business operates. In fact, it’s actually quite important to know and understand how businesses operate in nearly any field of work.

In the case of the IT professional, understanding document flow, document type and business terminology not only reflects on yourself as a professional, it makes your job a lot easier in simply understanding a business’s needs.

The Treaty and the average Joe Bloggs


Let me start this blog off by telling you that I am absolutely not an expert on the Treaty of Waitangi! I’m just a typical New Zealand born Joe Bloggs that quite frankly never cared about the Treaty. I know its a controversial topic that every year at the same time it’s all over the news, both positive and negative coverage….I assume.

Well, yesterday in class we learnt a bit about the Treaty of Waitangi and I’m guessing you’re probably thinking, what on earth does the Treaty of Waitangi have to do with Information Technology? I’m still not quite sure exactly but what I learnt in class, it really comes down to one word, globalisation!

Before I discuss with you how Globalisation ties in with the Treaty of Waitangi, I’m going to discuss with you some important facts and statements I learnt yesterday….in Information technology in Context!

Just in New Zealand?

War! As long as there has been a human race there has been wars ! The 1800’s were no different, in little old New Zealand, the Maoris’ were fighting a war with Britain. The New Zealand Wars, which were long known as the Maori Wars, were a series of armed conflicts that took place in New Zealand from 1845 to 1872 between the New Zealand government and indigenous Maori. Did you know that at the same time as the Maori Wars, Britain was also fighting another war against the Xhosa people, Xhosa people are a Bantu ethnic group of Southern Africa living in south-east South Africa. From 1850-1864 Britain was also involved in a conflict named the Taiping Rebellion, a war between the British Empire, French Empire, and the Qing Empire of China fighting the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom.

Needless to say, Britain was very busy in the 1800’s and in little old New Zealand, the indigenous people were getting shafted like the many other indigenous people around the world were.

Did you know?


Like I said, I’m just the average Joe Bloggs and I have bugger all knowledge of the Treaty of Waitangi! Like I said above though, I have seen it on the news many times every year and I do know there’s disputes regarding land. What I learnt about in Information Technology in Context regarding the Treaty, I must admit I found it quite fascinating.

After reading through some of the content in ‘The Story, The Treaty, Part2’ I came across this section about the Grey’s land purchasing-programme and I was astonished!

Grey’s land purchasing-programme:

Key parts of this constitution were not implemented, because in November 1845 Sir George Grey had replaced FitzRoy as Governor. Grey realised that such policies, which in effect seized land off Mäori, threatened to provoke a mass uprising. He argued that Mäori would willingly sell large areas of land to the Crown.

Once he was given adequate funds, Grey embarked on an ambitious programme of land-purchasing. This continued after his departure from New Zealand at the end of 1853, and saw nearly all of the South Island and about one-fifth of the North Island pass into Crown ownership by 1865. (Retrieved from  on16/3/2016)

Let me ask you…..did you know that nearly the whole South Island and about one-fifth of the North Island was purchased by the crown?

The United Nations and the Treaty

The UNDRIP ( United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples) is a document that states the relationship between the United Nations and Indigenous people from around the world. Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand and the rights set out in the Declaration apply to them. The Declaration reflects and elaborates on the provisions of the Treaty of Waitangi as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

It was described by the United Nations as “a landmark declaration that brought to an end nearly 25 years of contentious negotiations over the rights of native people to protect their lands and resources, and to maintain their unique cultures and traditions.” ( Retrieved from summary of the Declaration in English (PDF) on 16/3/2016)

Some examples of how this document relates to the Indigenous people of New Zealand are as follows:

Language: In most schools around the country they teach the Maori language commonly known as Te Reo.

Media: Maori people have there own media coverage such as News on television, radio stations and news websites such as

Religious and spiritual customs: An example of this is when a you enter a marae you must take your shoes off.

My Opinion

Our lecturer asked us what are our thoughts on minority indigenous groups having the right to govern themselves, when they have been colonized by a larger, more dominant culture?

Tough question for me personally as I’ve never really thought or even cared about the subject!  Let me tell you this though, I’m a huge history nut as far as war goes, I’ve read many many war biographies, I love guns, tanks, submarines and aircraft, and the one thing I’ve learned the most after reading the hundreds of war books I have is that war happens, if there’s mankind there’s always going to be wars and as a consequence of war indigenous people always get the short straw and lose land, rights, power etc. Am I saying its right? no, of course not, am I saying its wrong? no, it’s a hard one that personally I don’t have a strong opinion of, I’m on the fence with that one.

Maori language Week

Maori language week runs every year and has done since 1975, this is a great way for all New Zealanders to celebrate te reo and it also serves as a purpose for Maoris to protect their culture and way of life.

Every year since 1975 New Zealand has marked Māori Language Week. This is a time for all New Zealanders to celebrate te reo Māori (the Māori language) and to use more Māori phrases in everyday life. In 2015 Māori Language Week runs from 27 July to 2 August; the theme is ‘Whāngaihia te reo Māori ki ngā mātua’: ‘helping parents to pass te reo on to their children’. This is an aspect of the underlying theme of Māori Language Week, ‘Arohatia te Reo – cherish the language’. (retrieved from on 16/3/2016)

This is an example of an event where indigenous people have things in place to protect their culture and way of life.

Indigenous people and the digital age

Outside of New Zealand, there is currently something “cool” and “hot” about Māori designs and culture that have made them increasingly popular on the global market and in the tourism industry in New Zealand. As Māori MP John Tamihere said “[w]orldwide indigenous shares are skyrocketing”. When products from New Zealand are associated with Māori symbols, they tend to gain a higher value overseas from seeming more “authentic” and “in touch with nature”. (retrieved from Māori Culture in the Modern World: Its Creation, Appropriation and Trade, Jessica Christine Lai*,SEPTEMBER 2010, page 10, chapter 3.1 HOW THE MĀORI ARE MISSING OUT).

This is example of a threat the digital age poses indigenous people such as the Maoris of New Zealand. In the age where everyone has a cell phone that can access the internet and can therefore access Maori designs for such purposes as tattoos, pictures, paintings etc.

What obligations does the Crown have under the Treaty of Waitangi to protect against the offensive use of Maori words and images?

The report says because the Crown agreed to protect taonga, it has an obligation to protect this relationship Maori had with their language, and the use of their language. The Maori culture is a taonga of the Maori people, so under the Treaty the Crown had the obligation to protect that culture. By allowing third parties to misuse Maori words and Maori images, [the Crown] had not protected that culture and not protected that relationship that Maori had with their culture, so they had breached the Treaty. (retrieved from on 16/3/2016) I found this blog really interesting regarding this topic.

The Waitangi Tribunal was established in 1975 by the Treaty of Waitangi Act 1975. The Tribunal is a permanent commission of inquiry charged with making recommendations on claims brought by Maori relating to actions or omissions of the Crown that potentially breach the promises made in the Treaty of Waitangi.

Here is a link to their website.














Power you say?

Ok, so the speed limit is only 100 kms in New Zealand but you want to own a car that can do three times that speed?


There nothing stopping someone purchasing that car, although you may get in some trouble if you were caught driving three times the speed limit.

That’s pretty much the same as far as Power Supply  Units (PSU) go in the wonderful world of IT, your PC may only need enough power, lets say 600 watts to power it’s components, yet you are free to put whatever power supply with as much grunt as you want in!

There are several important factors to consider when purchasing a new PSU, some more important than others, here are some great tips to consider….

  1. Run the specs through a Power Supply calculator

Websites such as offer a great service in getting the right power supply, by simply filling in details about the specs of the PC’s components.

  1. Look for 80 Plus!

A power supply’s efficiency rating is important because higher-efficiency units tend to have better components, waste less power, and generate less heat—all of which contribute to less fan noise. A power supply with an efficiency rating of 80 percent provides 80 percent of its rated wattage as power to your system, while losing the other 20 percent as heat.

Look for units with “80 Plus” certification.

(retrieved from on 7/3/2016)

  1. Do your research!!

Getting the right power supply unit is as important as anything in a computer, do your research and find the correct power supply! A power supply failure can take the rest of your computer with it.


  1. Cabling

Fixed or modular cabling is the question, It’s up to you whether you want a PSU with fixed or modular cabling, as modular PSUs – with the ability to use only the cables you need, like Corsair’s RM series, pictured – are generally more expensive. But if you’ve got the cash in your budget, we’d suggest going modular.

It’s not only neater and easier to install a PSU with less cabling, but ultimately this will assist in keeping your PC running cool in the long run, and provide less surfaces for dust and other cruft to accumulate on.

(retrieved from,how-to-choose-the-right-power-supply-for-your-pc.aspx on 7/3/2016)



  1. Buy from a trusted seller.

This needs no explanation, always buy goods from trusted sellers to make sure your getting what you payed for and not some cheap reproduction product.


  1. Hardware compatibility

Make sure you purchase a power supply that fits in the power supply case in your computer!

In conclusion, it’s very important to get the right power supply unit for your computer just like its important to get the right engine for a drag car, you wouldn’t go and put a 4 cylinder engine out of a 1986 Toyota Corolla in your drag car would you!